Police officers in Henderson, Nevada apparently can get away with criminal acts that the rest of us would get heavy fines and stiff jail or prison sentences for.
The District Attorney of Clark County decided that the Henderson Police sergeant who kicked in the head of a Henderson motorist while he lay on the ground, pinned by several other officers, will not face criminal charges. The evidence against the Sergeant is quite overwhelming--he was captured on a dashboard police video camera kicking the motorist's facedown head with his hard police combat boots. Worse yet, the motorist was suffering from a diabetic seizure, which precipitated the police stop.
This same District Attorney would likely charge another person ( a "civilian") in a similar situation with aggravated battery or even attempted murder.
Henderson has enough bad cop stories. A few years ago Henderson's wonderful peace officers shot to death a woman, who was on her knees, in front of her children simply because she was holding a steak knife. Nothing happened to those fine specimens of law enforcement either.
Am I being unfair to the men and women who put on a uniform, badge, and gun every day so that they can keep our cities safe? Are police officers the good guys and the rest of us the bad guys?
I am not advocating lawlessness. I want the police out there. But, I want them out there really doing their job, and doing it correctly. I do not want them out there trampling all over our civil rights so that they can boost their egos. I do not want them out there thugging us and then laughing at the misfortune they created for people—as in this case.
As an officer of the court, a member of the judicial branch of government, I am ashamed by the executive branch—law enforcement, when this stuff happens. In a sense, they, the police, are the ones advocating lawlessness because they are the ones breaking the law.
Because so many police officers have an “us versus them” mentality, and by “them” they mean civilians, I enjoy watching them squirm under cross examination on the witness stand. Remember Mark Furhman—the cop in California who lied about using race in his interrogation techniques during the OJ Simpson case.
How about the cops that beat the blood out of Rodney King and would have gotten away with it had they not been on camera?
NO—I do not want riots in the streets. I do not want chaos. I enjoy the tranquility that comes with law enforcement—however, I also do not want to fall victim again to overzealous jerks with guns and badges.